Earth Overshoot Day was July 29

On that day, humanity exhausted the biological resources our planet can renew this whole year. Check out solutions below so we stop increasing the global ecological deficit.

“With Earth Overshoot Day occurring ever earlier in the year, and a big part of it being the growing amounts of CO2 emissions, the importance of decisive action is becoming ever more evident. For this reason, we are working with all parties to find effective approaches.”

María Carolina Schmidt ZaldívarMinister of Environment, Chile, and chair of the Climate COP25 scheduled this December in Santiago de Chile

“The fact that has shocked me the most is the Overshoot Day: By July 29th, we used up all the regenerative resources of 2019. From July 30 we started to consume more resources than the planet can regenerate in a year. It's very serious. It's a global emergency.”

Pope FrancisLa Stampa, August 9, 2019


Mathis Wackernagel, founder and President of Global Footprint Network, discuss Earth Overshoot Day and how humanity’s ingenuity can solve the massive challenge of the global ecological deficit.

Solutions to #MoveTheDate

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Effective solutions to #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day already exist in abundance. We believe it is possible to accelerate their implementation in the real world. How? By sharing knowledge of what works and bringing people together.

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Earth Overshoot Day 2019

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (fish and forests, for instance) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We keep growing this deficit by liquidating the Earth’s natural capital and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Andrew Simms originally conceived the concept of Earth Overshoot Day while working at the UK think tank New Economics Foundation.

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Read more about the action steps and solutions Global Footprint Network provides to #MoveTheDate


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Will you declare what you want to see (and possibly help make) happen in order to #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day to December 31 or later before 2050? It’s as easy as posting your 15-second video selfie on your favorite social media! More details here

Take a step to #MoveTheDate

We know it can be overwhelming to think about how your personal Footprint contributes to global overshoot.
The truth is, you can take steps to chip away at your impact on the planet.

I join the #MoveTheDate movement

I join the #MoveTheDate movement

people preparing vegetarian meal

I beef up my plant-based diet

I sign the petition

I sign the petition

I travel with an eco-sensibility

I travel with an eco-sensibility

I start a population conversation

I jump in front of the camera

I jump in front of the camera

woman choosing produce at a market

I take on food waste

I commute social

I commute social

woman planting in a field

I nurture nature

globe with data points all around the world

I dive into data

the word city

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate

clothes hanging in boutique

I streamline my wardrobe

Explore Solutions to #MoveTheDate

Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist in five major areas
for improving sustainability: cities, energy, food, planet, and population.


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How we design and manage cities

Eighty percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050. City planning and urban development strategies are instrumental to balancing the supply of natural capital and population’s demand. Learn More



How we power ourselves

Decarbonizing the economy is our best possible chance to address climate change, and would improve the balance between our Ecological Footprint and the planet’s renewable natural resources. Learn More



How we produce, distribute, and consume food

How we meet one of our most basic needs–food–is a powerful way to influence sustainability. Sourcing food locally and avoiding highly processed foods can lower the Ecological Footprint. Learn More


How we help nature thrive

Humanity’s quality of life is dependent on the health of our planet’s biological resources including fertile soil, clean water, and clean air necessary for humanity to thrive. Learn More



How many of us there are

Being committed to everyone living secure lives in a world of finite resources requires addressing population growth. Empowering women is essential for global sustainability. Learn More

Country Overshoot Days

Calculate your personal Earth Overshoot Day

Past Earth Overshoot Days



By the Numbers

million years ago life first evident on Earth
increase in world population since 1970
decline in average population size of vertebrate species since 1970
of humanity’s Ecological Footprint is carbon


Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with data from Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint Accounts, which are now available for free on our Ecological Footprint Explorer Open Data Platform at

Wondering how you can help #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day towards one-planet living?

You’re in the right place. Since we launched the Earth Overshoot Day campaign in 2006, we’ve been calculating the date of Earth Overshoot Day each year for every year, going back to the early 1970s when the world first fell in ecological deficit. Over time, we’ve expanded this campaign to include Steps to #MoveTheDate so that anyone may feel empowered to take action in their own life. Because if we #MoveTheDate five days out every year, we’d be under one planet before 2050. More than ever we understand that #MoveTheDate can’t stop at Earth Overshoot Day and must live throughout the year. The movement keeps growing. There’s no time to lose. We need you. We depend on you. Please consider supporting our work for as little as $5. One hundred dollars helps us generate 2 million media impressions during Earth Overshoot Day. Thank you!